From a program recorded on July 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of the French actor and singer, Caroline Gautier. She talks about her investigation of early examples of spoken ballads or musical declamations. To highlight her comments Amirkhanian presents three seldom performed works, composed by Robert Schumann, and performed by Gautier and pianist Michaël Lévinas. Gautier provides the story behind each piece as well as describing how her acting talent is incorporated into... Topics: Morning Concert Series, Music, Interview, Classical Music
Charles Amirkhanian discusses the politics of new music in the Bay Area, with reference to the unsympathetic criticism, leveled at avant-garde artists such as John Cage and Merce Cunningham, by music critics at the New York Time and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Amirkhanian argues that while Bay Area audiences clearly support the radical styles of the avant-garde, the local papers of note only employ music critics that favor the contemporary classical music of more academically... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Lecture, Panel Discussion, New Music
From a recording made in July of 1988, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lawrence Weschler, essayist for the New Yorker Magazine and grandson of composer Ernst Toch. They discusses his book “Shapinsky's Karma, Boggs's Bill, and Other True-Life Tales ”, which profiles six people who unexpectedly changed the direction of their lives. These include the story of James Boggs who blurred the lines between art and commerce by painting exquisite copies of $100 bills and then insisted on spending them,... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview, Modern Art, Lawrence Weschler
In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, Microtonal Music
When the ROVA Saxophone Quartet toured the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was the enterprising and irrepressible Alexander Kan who invited the group and organized the visit against improbable odds. In 1988 KPFA turned the tables and invited Mr. Kan to its studio for a discussion. He was the leading Soviet producer of new music, avant-garde jazz, and experimental rock. The founder of the Leningrad Contemporary Music Club, which throughout the late 1970s until it was banned in the 1980s,... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Interview, Orchestral Music, Jazz
From a recording made in May of 1991, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher about his theatrical production, “Pioneer”, which "celebrates and exposes American explorers and the myths of the pioneering spirit." Several songs from the production are also heard. The two also discuss the difficulties in portraying offensive attitudes such as racial bigotry and the history of American colonialism. In the second half of the program is Charles and Paul are joined by Gerald Oshita... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Music Theatre
In this program, recorded in May of 1979, New York composer Philip Corner is the guest of Charles Amirkhanian. He discusses his music in preparation for his appearance at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as part of the Speaking of Music series of lecture/performances. As a member of the faculty of Livingston College (Rutgers University), Corner continued his provocative, improvisation-oriented, music making based on highly original, open-ended, beautifully handwritten, performance notations... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Interview, Percussion music, Improvisation
Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Other Finds, Fountain Pens
This program, recorded on March 10, 1988, begins with Charles Amirkhanian’s brief interview with composer Harvey Sollberger in which they discuss two of Sollberger’s works, “Persian Golf” and “Three or Four Things I Know About the Oboe.” The two are then joined by composer John Adams for a discussion about the state of New Music in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the program is then dedicated to John Adams’ blockbuster opera “Nixon in China.” This masterwork of... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interviews, Opera, 20th Century Classical
Host Sarah Cahill presents a diverse number of musical settings of poems by the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. Juxtaposed settings by Aaron Copland, John Adams, George Perle and Ernst Bacon reveal each composer’s unique approach to handling Dickinson’s enigmatic work. While Adams’s well-known “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” is featured in its entirety, seldom-heard work by Perle and Bacon offers a different take not only on the text, but on the author’s status as... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Art Songs
Jon Gibson performs three movements from his five movement, 1979, composition, “Criss x Cross,” after which he discusses the piece with program host, Charles Amirkhanian. This somewhat aleatoric work apparently follows a score in which the notes are indicated without any rhythmic instructions, and much of the phrasing and duration of the notes is improvised. The work is influenced by Gibson’s interest in bagpipe music and the pibrochs of the Scottish Highlands, although one can also see... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, New Music, Saxophone music
Music of J.S. Bach and his sons, C.P.E, Bach and the “English” John Christian Bach, and their influence on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, all in performances which attempt to approximate the sounds that audiences of the period might have experienced. Some listeners will prefer these performances, others will not; yet they all will offer insights into how the majesty of Bach led to the magic of Mozart. (from KPFA Folio). Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Music, Classical Music
In honor of her 70th birthday, Betty Freeman appears on KPFA's Morning Concert, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. Freeman shares anecdotes from her long career, first as a budding pianist and then as a supporter of contemporary composers such as Harry Partch, John Cage, and La Monte Young. Freeman also describes her work as a photographer of composers, and gives her opinions about listening to and loving new music. Musical excerpts include "Goldberg Variations" by J. S. Bach, and... Topics: interviews, KPFA Morning Concert series, Betty Freeman, New Music
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Ancient Music
From September 4, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a retrospective on the life of composer John Cage, whose work has had a great influence on artistic thought in the 20th Century, and who had just passed away a few weeks before what would have been his 80th birthday on September 5th 1992. Richard Friedman, and composer, author, and critic Charles Shere join in the commentary, and archival recordings of Cage’s voice complete the festivities. Also heard during this program are live... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Documentary, New Music, John Cage
Charles Amirkhanian interviews William Ward on the subject of one of his oratorios, Fray Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest who founded many of the Catholic Missions in California. Amirkhanian also questions Ward on his own experiences as a student and teacher of music in the United States. Dr. William R. Ward holds a Ph.D. degree from the Eastman School of Music, and for many years served as chairman of the Music Department of San Francisco State University and later as the Associate Dean of... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical
Recorded in 1978, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her recent European tour with the Port Costa Players in which they performed two of her works of ritual and musical theater, “Thunder like a White Bear Dancing” and “Callin’ Home Coyote”. Giteck discusses the influence that contributed to her work and the way in which they were received in different parts of Europe. Giteck also mentions her work with Berkeley’s Cazadero Music Camp, which during the Summer... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, New Music, Janice Giteck
From a program recorded on May 12, 1983, Charles Amirkhanian interviews pianist, educator, and composer Doris Hays, as well as playing a selection of her music. Doris, who later adopted the name of Sorrel in 1985, was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941 and from an early age showed an interest in music. She was performing regularly for her church by the age of 12, and was an accompanist and soloist for the Chattanooga Boys Choir at 15. After studying in both the United States and Germany, Ms.... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Dorris Hays, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
From a program recorded on March 1, 1984, Charles Amirkhanian interviews English composer/musicians, vocalist Janet Sherbourne and pianist Mark Lockett. The two were in the San Francisco Bay Area for a concert of contemporary English music ranging from experimental, truly minimal, consonant music, by such composers as Howard Skempton, as well as a selection of more New Wave pop music. The three are joined by Paul Dresher, curator of the concert series featuring Sherbourne and Lockett for a... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Interview, Rock Music, Minimal Music, Piano Music
Morning Concert host Charles Amirkhanian interviews Conlon Nancarrow by telephone from his home in Mexico City. The two composers reminisce about time spent together in Mexico, and movements in Mexican politics. Nancarrow shares how he discovered Indian classical music. Amirkhanian remarks on the innovations, technical details, and challenging performance aspects of Nancarrow’s work. The program features brief excerpts from "Piece No. 2" for small orchestra, and "Study No.... Topics: interviews, Conlon Nancarrow, player piano studies, KPFA Morning Concert series, New Music
This program, recorded on August 7, 1992, begins with a brief interview with choreographer Nancy Karp, who has collaborated with artist Carol Law and composer Ingram Marshall to produce several dance pieces which she describes for the host, Charles Amirkhanian. This is followed by a visit with pianist and composer Michael Harrison, who is perhaps best known for his work with just intonation and his Harmonic Piano. The unique design of the strings, hammers and pedals of the Harmonic Piano gives... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Jazz
Recorded on May 22, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Philip Glass about his upcoming concert with dancer Molissa Fenley benefiting the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Glass discusses his collaboration with Fenley, his interest in Buddhism and human rights in Tibet, as well as how he originally got into the music business (by breaking records for his father’s store), and his upcoming projects. Glass also relates the challenges of bringing experimental music into large concert halls, which... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, New Music, World Music, JazzMusic
Take a journey through the vineyards of France to the honky-tonks of America. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Kermit Lynch, Berkeley California based, wine importer extraordinaire, on the subject of French wines and the adventures in finding them. Mr. Lynch has documented his experiences in the book, “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Winebuyer’s Tour of France”. This book, which reads like a prose fantasy in parts, is a most engaging compilation of stories on the subject, and it has... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Kermit Lynch
Guitarist and composer Paul Dresher talks with Charles Amirkhanian and presents recordings of his music ranging from 1979 to 1986. Included will be a recent orchestral piece, excerpts from his chamber opera, “Slow Fire”, and the solo guitar work which first brought notice to the young Bay Area composer, “Liquid and Stellar Music”. (from KPFA Folio) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Music Theatre,...
This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris.... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Soundscapes,...
A program of avant-garde sound poetry and music by Charles Amirkhanian and Anthony Gnazzo, featuring a collection of their recent and past compositions. Interspersed among the formal pieces are bits of sound collage and Gnazzo's commentary on his career retrospective slide show. Also this morning Tony Gnazzo, who had recently announced his retirement from composing avant-garde music, and who has not been seen at a concert of new music for over fourteen months, presents his seminar on retirement... Topics: KPFA, Morning Concert series, Sound Poetry, Interview and Music, Anthony Gnazzo
In San Francisco in 1964, the world premiere of Terry Riley's "In C" spawned a movement that literally has changed the face of modern music. "In C" was the first popular piece of what has come to be known as minimalist music, consisting of slowly evolving repetitive patterns. Since then, Riley's compositional style has gone through several incarnations. His contribution to modern music has always been a source of stimulation. On his 50th birthday, KPFA honored this important... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Music, New Music, Minimalism, Terry Riley
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer, bassoonist, and conductor, Robert Hughes, one of the liveliest figures in San Francisco Bay Area music, and for many years conductor of the nationally prominent Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. Hughes plays a selection of his works, largely in chronological order. The final four pieces in this program feature acoustic sounds juxtaposed against quadraphonic tapes realized primarily on Moog equipment at Mills College. Hughes is also one of the leading... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Poetry, Robert...
Robert Ashley edited interview on KPFA's Morning Concert, 3 November 1983. In addition to talking about his interest in multi-track recording and opera, Ashley recalls that in the early Fifties in NYC there were only a half a dozen new music concerts in an entire season. How things have changed! Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Robert Ashley, Interview, Opera, New Music Source: Other Minds
This is the first of two programs devoted to the works of the largely forgotten German-American composer, Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944). Beyer, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a pioneering avant-garde composer who’s works would be lost if it were not for the preservation work of the American Music Center in New York City, to which she had donated her scores prior to her death. Beyer was by most accounts a tall, angular,... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Avant-Garde, Johanna...
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the director of Opus One Records, composer Max Schubel, who was visiting the Bay Area while working on music for a film. Opus One specializes in unusual avant-garde music that is easily found in record stores since all the albums are printed in Fluorescent colors. Schubel talks about his upcoming issues and plays new test pressing of some of them. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Opus One...
On December 11, 1987 Leo Ornstein, one of the most important composer-pianists of the 20th century,celebrated his 95th birthday at his home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian takes a look at the career of this remarkable path-breaking musician whose early piano compositions, and performances of the most radical European composers of the day, shocked audiences throughout the U. S. in the period from 1912 to 1915. Included are several of his piano works performed by... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Leo Ornstein, Music, Interview, 20th Century Classical
Specialists in New Music have long been associated with KPFA’s Music Department, be it John Rockwell, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Glen Glasow, or Charles Amirkhanian. But for intensity of production and richness of quality no term at KPFA was more productive than that of former Music Director Charles Shere who’s tenure at the station lasted from 1965 to 1967. Now the Music & Art critic for the Oakland Tribune, and a distinguished composer as well, Mr. Shere returns to the scene of his... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, New Music, Charles Shere
Peter Sculthorpe (born April 19, 1929, in Launceton, Tasmania) is one of the most renowned composers living in Australia. His informed incorporation of Asian musical elements in his own output makes for a subtle and remarkable blend of styles and sonorities, sensitively accomplished. In San Francisco, his music has been championed by the Kronos Quartet, and on a visit to the Bay Area in 1983, in order to witness the premiere of a piece composed for that ensemble, Sculthorpe talked with Charles... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical Music, Peter Sculthorpe
Known as the musician who, starting in 1944, composed scores for some of the plays and operas by Bertolt Brecht, including “Mother Courage” and “A Man Is A Man”, Paul Dessau was one of the most important political composers of the 20th century. In this program, recorded on May 7, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the East German musicologist Fritz Hennenberg, who was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area from his home in Leipzig. Hennenberg has authored two books on Paul Dessau and... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral Music, Paul...
London based vocalist Najma's commercial recording, "Atish" (Shanachie Records), which means "Fire" in the Indian language Urdu, mixes ancient Persian love poems with jazz saxophone, bass, keyboards, tabla, violin, and layer upon layer of hauntingly beautiful vocals. Charles Amirkhanian speaks with the young world beat star and introduces selections from this compact disc, originally recorded for the English Triple Earth label. (- from the KPFA Folio) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, World Music, Najma Akhtar
English composer, Tim Souster, visited the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 in order to produce a new composition at Stanford University’s internationally renowned computer music center, and during his stay happily agreed to be interviewed on KPFA. Charles Amirkhanian introduces Souster and his music during the course of a lively program, recorded at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Center on October 3, 1978. “Driftwood Cortege” (1978), Souster’s computer piece, completed earlier that... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Tim Souster
From a program recorded on January 25, 1990, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the Chinese American composer, baritone saxophonist, and political activist, Fred Ho about a scheduled performance of his ballet “A Song for Manong”. A Harvard educated sociologist turned composer, Fred Ho’s music has been heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus as well as the politics of the Black Panther Party and the plight of American immigrants. In this brief interview he talks to... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Jazz, Fred Ho
Charles Amirkhanian talks to composer Benjamin Lees about his memories of living in Paris including playing chess with Marcel Duchamp and meeting other famous artists. We then hear the premier performance of Lees’ Concerto for brass choir and orchestra. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral Music,...
Composer Vincent Plush, whose music in his native Australia enjoys a popularity akin to that of our own John Adams here, visits the KPFA studios to discuss his latest orchestra piece, "Pacifica", premiered June 14, 1986 by the Sydney Symphony under the direction of Zdenek Macal, at the Sydney Opera House on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of ABC-FM radio. Plush, born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1950, introduces recent important music of other Australians and talks about the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Vincent Plush
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her career and an upcoming concert with the SF Symphony. Ms. Giteck began her career as a Bay Area composer and teacher at UC Berkeley, and later became a member of the faculty at the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA., She was back in the Bay Area for the world premiere of her orchestral work Tree, which was to be played by members of the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart on the New and Unusual Music series. (from... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, New Music, Chamber Music, Janice Giteck
Carl Stone of Los Angeles joins Charles Amirkhanian to talk about his music, including pieces that sample a songs by Whitney Houston (How will I know) and the Beach Boys (Fun, Fun, Fun). Also Nicolas Slonimsky pops in to talk about his career, much of it popularizing the music of Varese and other modern composers. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Carl Stone,...
Charles Amirkhanian is joined by composer Allen Strange, author of the definitive college teaching textbook, “Electronic Music”, and Bernie Krause, producer of the educational “New Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music” instructional manual and accompanying album. The program starts with recordings of works by Allen Strange, beginning with “The Second Book of Angels (The Thrones)” for string quartet and tape. His collaboration in the realm of children’s theater with Robert Jenkins is... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, Electronic Music, Theatre, Children Stories,...
From a program recorded on July 6, 1989, Charles Amirkhanian’s guest is the noted poet Michael McClure, who in addition to his own literary prowess, is also a connoisseur of a diverse range of musical expression, as will be understood by the time he finishes playing selections from his favorite commercial recordings. Who else would mix Beethoven and Monteverdi with Funkadelic, and the Talking Heads? Whether listening to Jorge Demus in Brahms’ “Four Serious Songs,” Thelonious Monk... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Interview, Popular Music, Classical Music
Modern music rarely has enjoyed a specialist with such a voice. Mordecai Bauman was an American originala politically motivated artist who was at the far left wing of progressive politics in the 1930s. The quality and beauty of this talented baritone's singing rivaled both Enrico Caruso AND Paul Robeson. Here he speaks about his distinguished career which included the first recordings of songs by Charles Ives and his acquaintanceship with such left-wing composers as Elie Siegmeister, Marc... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, 20th Century Classical, Art Songs Source: Other Minds
Percussionist William Winant was born in Los Angeles to a family of accomplished actors and musicians. He studied at Los Angeles City College and Cal Arts before doing advanced studies at York University in Toronto in 1979. He returned to the West Coast to study with composer Lou Harrison at Mills College in Oakland and has performed with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Charles Amirkhanian interviews with this talkative and gifted Bay Area instrumentalist. (from KPFA Folio) Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, William...
This three hour special "Marathon Mornings" program features Charles Amirkhanian interviewing John Adams on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. Along with an in-depth interview about his compositions, collaborators, and working as composer in residence with the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, Charles and Mr. Adams do some wonderful KPFA subscription plugs. The program features several shorter works, and full presentations of Mr. Adams' recordings with the SF Symphony of... Topics: Interview and Music, KPFA, Morning Concert series, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral Music, John...
From a recording made on February 4, 1988, Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer, performer, and video artist, Jack Briece about contemporary Finnish music. Works heard include compositions by Harri Wessman, Jarmo Sermilä, Paavo Heininen, Lepo Sumera, Usko Meriläinen, and other talented Finnish composers who’s works remain relatively unknown in the United States. Having become interested in the music of Finland he traveled to the country in 1985 and then again in 1987, after which he... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral Music,...
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dallas composer Jerry Hunt, who was scheduled to give a concert of live-electronic music soon after this program. The deviser of the enchantment procedure piece "Sur (Doctor) John Dee" will introduce live radio performances of his "Quaquaversal Transmission (Phalba overlay)," and Harmand Plane (reflex), as well as other selections such as "VOLTA (Kernal) In the middle of the interview with Hunt, electronic music composer Ivan Tcherepnin... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Jerry Hunt